Burnley's wait to secure promotion back to the Premier League goes on after Middlesbrough won at Turf Moor.

Jacob Butterfield scored the only goal on 51 minutes to leave the Clarets needing five points from their last four games to return to the top flight.

Michael Kightly had earlier struck the bar for the hosts, while Danny Graham and Butterfield went close for Boro.

The visitors finished the game with 10 men after Daniel Ayala was shown a second yellow card in added time.

Burnley, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2010, came into the game knowing victory would secure them promotion if third-placed Derby lost to Huddersfield.

But while the Rams won 3-1, the Clarets fell to defeat against a Boro side who have now won four games in a row.

What happened to fortress Turf Moor?

Burnley have suffered back-to-back home Championship defeats after going 21 league games unbeaten there

The hosts looked the more threatening in the early stages, with Ashley Barnes denied by some last-ditch defending and Danny Ings firing wide from a Kieran Trippier pass.

But Aitor Karanka's men showed their attacking prowess when Lee Tomlin found space on the edge of the box before rifling an effort just wide of a post.

Moments later the Clarets thought they had broken the deadlock after Kightly beat Dimi Konstantopoulos, but his looping header hit the bar and Barnes's follow-up was off-target.

At the other end, Albert Adomah surged into the Burnley half and found Graham, but his first-time volley flashed over.

Adomah then showed his worth at the other end, somehow blocking Ings's effort after Kightly had weaved into the area.

And the Boro winger's efforts were rewarded as his side took the lead, Tomlin carrying the ball forward before releasing Butterfield, who calmly slotted his left-footed strike past Tom Heaton.

It was almost 2-0 four minutes later as Tomlin went close, before Ings sent a snap-shot just wide as the hosts sought an equaliser.

Konstantopoulos remained unflappable in the Boro goal and, despite the late dismissal of Ayala, they were not to be denied the points.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "It is a top end performance by our standards, totally dominant, fantastic energy on show and it is incredible the ball didn't end up in their net at some point.

"Their keeper is man of the match but the officials weren't man of the match. There were certainly two absolutely blatant decisions not given.

"I have spoken to the referee and it always amazes when they say 'it is in your opinion'. I have looked at it 47 times on my laptop so I don't know how it is (an) opinion, that's what I am flummoxed with."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "Dimi Konstantopoulos was the best player for us today - he has played very well for us in the last few games.

"I am pleased with his performances and for him as when I came he was third or fourth-choice keeper.

"They had a lot of chances today and we were lucky. They had more chances than us and showed what kind of team they are - one of the best in the Championship."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly (Wallace - 80' )
  • 08 Marney
  • 30 Barnes
  • 10 Ings
  • 37 Arfield (Stanislas - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Wallace
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 17 Baird
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long

Middlesbrough

  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 27 Adomah
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 26 Ayala Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 24 Chalobah
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 18 Whitehead Booked
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 10 Tomlin (Williams - 82' )
  • 09 Graham (Main - 90' )
  • 06 Butterfield (Varga - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Steele
  • 08 Varga
  • 14 Williams
  • 23 Main
  • 28 Morris
  • 30 Jackson
  • 36 Atkinson
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 16,661

Match Stats

Shots

27 10

On target

8 4

Corners

14 5

Fouls

7 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 0, Middlesbrough 1.

90:00 +6:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Middlesbrough 1.

90:00 +6:20

Foul by Tom Heaton (Burnley).

90:00 +5:08 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +4:52

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +4:52

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +4:27 Booking

Booking Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:27

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

90:00 +2:24

Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +2:12

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

90:00 +2:08

Attempt blocked. Michael Duff (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:13

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

90:00 +0:49

Attempt blocked. Dean Marney (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Danny Graham.

88:51

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by József Varga.

88:11

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross.

87:54

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

87:11

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

87:01

Attempt saved. Ross Wallace (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Marney.

86:16

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

83:51

Attempt saved. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Jones.

81:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Luke Williams replaces Lee Tomlin.

81:10

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross.

79:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Scott Arfield.

79:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Michael Kightly.

79:11

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

78:59

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

78:08 Booking

Booking Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:02

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:02

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

76:43

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:43

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

75:28

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:28

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

73:04

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

73:04

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. József Varga replaces Jacob Butterfield.

70:29

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:29

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

69:21

Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a corner.

68:35

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

68:30

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:52

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

67:43

Attempt saved. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

66:29

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:29

Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

66:06

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

65:49

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Duff with a cross.

65:21

Attempt blocked. Jason Shackell (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Jones with a cross.

65:05

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

64:33

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:33

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

61:53

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a through ball.

59:05

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross following a corner.

58:16

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.

58:12

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Jones.

56:42

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

56:32

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:47

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

55:47

Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:09

Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dean Marney.

54:13

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Graham.

53:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:57

Delay in match Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

52:22

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

52:22

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:18

Attempt blocked. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Jones.

51:20

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:20

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

50:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 0, Middlesbrough 1. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Tomlin following a fast break.

49:20

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 0, Middlesbrough 0.

44:01

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:01

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

43:00

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

41:55

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

41:49

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

41:42

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a cross.

41:20

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a cross.

40:48

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

40:13

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

40:09

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

39:30

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

38:35

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Jones with a headed pass.

37:48

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:48

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

36:11

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:11

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

35:37

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.

32:18

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:18

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

31:55

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones.

30:44

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

27:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:50

Delay in match Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

26:16

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

25:17

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:17

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

20:51

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

20:49

Michael Kightly (Burnley) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Ben Mee with a cross.

20:45

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:17

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:17

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

18:43

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

18:38

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

18:10

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

18:10

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:22

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

15:27

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

15:07

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

14:08

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:08

Dangerous play by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

12:13

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

12:13

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:33

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

8:58

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:58

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

6:50

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

5:16

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:16

Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

0:23

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

0:23

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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